Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement applauding the efforts of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board and Department of Health to enhance the state’s medical marijuana program and Secretary of Health Levine’s review and approval of its recommendations:
“My administration is committed to ensuring patients who need and would benefit from this medicine have access to it. The final report of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board continues to put patients first and will improve the program to give greater access to patients by breaking down financial and administrative barriers.
“Allowing dry leaf for vaporization will shorten the time it takes to get medication to dispensaries, expand options for the growing number of patients, and hopefully make the program less cost-prohibitive for some patients.
“I thank the Department of Health, advisory board members, and Dr. Levine for their careful review of potential program improvements and their continued efforts to enhance and expand this important program that is already serving more than 10,000 patients with another 20,000 registered.”
The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, created by Act 16 of 2016, is made up of medical professionals, regulators, and patient advocates, and is charged with making recommendations to the Health Secretary regarding the Medical Marijuana Program.
Regulations to enact the recommendations will be available in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on May 12.
Free program registration, along with more information, is available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov.